CASTLEFORD TIGERS are off the mark, but prop Nathan Massey has warned they can’t afford to fall in love with themselves just yet.
Tigers broke their First Utility Super League duck at the fourth attempt with a 42-14 home win over Wigan Warriors last week.
That victory followed narrow defeats to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Catalans Dragons and St Helens and Massey reckons things are coming together for Cas, but he admitted they still aren’t the finished article.
“We were close in the first three games,” Massey said. “We’ve just been working on getting our combinations right and you can see when it sticks we are right up there. Beating a team like Wigan like that is great, but I still think there’s a lot more we could work on. We let a couple of soft tries in so there’s still work to be done, but it was a good way to get off the mark.”
Massey said the manner of last week’s victory proved Tigers are doing the right things, in training and on the field.
“We needed a win, but we haven’t been far off in all the games we’ve played,” he stated.
“We could have had four wins, but it is a bit of pressure lifted off us. When we get our structures in place and put things together I think we are a pretty dangerous team, as we showed on Friday. It has been coming for a few weeks. There’s a lot of new players in the squad and they are really starting to gel now. You can see what happens when we do get it right.”
Tigers’ forwards dominated against Wigan, despite being without veteran prop Andy Lynch and losing Junior Moors to injury early on. “Lynchy is a big loss,” Massey admitted. “He gets through a lot of work, but I think we all stood up against a good Wigan pack.
“I think we have done in the last few games. We were a bit soft against Wakefield in round one and we had to have a look at ourselves after that.
“We really let ourselves down in that one and we had to sort ourselves out. To be that far in front and give it away was poor by us. Then we put in a good performance against Catalans and we had a good dig against St Helens and I thought for most parts we dominated the Wigan pack.”
Cas are back in action on Thursday at Huddersfield Giants, who also got their first points four days ago, with a 24-12 home win over Widnes Vikings.
“All our focus is one Huddersfield now,” Massey stated. “A bit of pressure is off them now they’ve got a win, but we have got a lot still to work on and if we fix a few things up we’ll be all right. We are just building now and I think Friday showed everything is starting to come together.”
Meanwhile, assistant-coaches Danny Orr and Ryan Sheridan and conditioner Ben Cooper have each signed a new three-year contract, keeping them at Cas until the end of the 2017 season.